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What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015!

I succumbed and bought the square Nordic cake pan and made the lemon cake recipe that came with the pan. Someone else here made it and said it didn't reach the top of pan. They thought they didn't beat the eggs long enough. I think the recipe is to blame.

First of all, it tells you to melt, then cool, 2 sticks of butter. This you cream with the sugar. I beat a long time but it didn't get so "light and fluffy". Other recipes call for room temperature butter. I also beat well after each of the 4 eggs.

It didn't fill up the pan. When I removed it from the oven and later tipped out, there was excess on bottom. I sawed that part off. (At least it slid right out since I used Wilton's Cake Release.) I tried that part and it tastes fine, not too sweet, but I'll try a different recipe next time. After you put on the lemon glaze, it's supposed to chill out in fridge. Hard to find room in there for it. I think I have too many jars of pickles, condiments.

about 7 hours ago
walker in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Got it. Thanks for the clear explanation. I already knew to do a first-level response to the original post Linda .. Just I now need to turn my phone to a horizontal position.

What are the treasured items in your kitchen?

Is it an electric grill? What brand?

1 day ago
walker in Cookware

How does Baking Soda Clean?

When I use this to clean all-clad or my half sheet pans, I don't like the smell of it. Have you noticed this?

1 day ago
walker in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I'm curious about something: when I post a photo (I know to do it as a reply at the top) my photo does not post as large as yours and other photos down below by others. Do you know why? I'm posting from an I Pad, photo came from I Phone 5.

1 day ago
walker in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Oops .. the title is "I Lost", not "I left".

Here's an excerpt from the book with the recipe:

https://books.google.com/books?id=act...

Jul 28, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What are the treasured items in your kitchen?

Yes, I think we should all just use these things .. if one breaks now and then, so be it.

Jul 28, 2015
walker in Cookware
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Tried a new, summery pasta recipe. Linguini with wilted arugula, lemon juice, olive oil, toasted pine nuts, parmigiana. I added a little garlic. Found the recipe in "I Loved, I left, I ate Spaghetti " which she adapted from Bon App├ętit. (It has some recipes scattered in but is not a cookbook.) It's hard to spread out the arugula. I think I prefer a basil pesto sauce.

Cooking from People's Pops

I'm going to make another batch today and use 3 peaches and maybe 1/4 cup Bourbon instead of 1/3. There might be some leftover but at least I'll be sure to get 10 pops. They were a big hit with everyone. Why don't you do 1/2 with Bourbon and 1/2 without? Or, you could swirl in Greek Yogurt with the ones without.

The Costco peaches right now are as good as any from the farmer's market .. you just have to give them a few days on the counter to ripen.

Jul 27, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015!

It's cool enough in San Francisco to turn on the oven so I made banana bread for a friend. I love to make it in the small loaf pans. Wilton makes one that is 6 attached pans and the recipe uses 2 of those. I can't remember where I got the recipe. Maybe Silver Palate. It has both fresh ginger and ground ginger. Always turns out perfectly.

I remember reading in Flour that she said most don't cream sugar and butter long enough so this time I did it about 15 minutes.

Cooking from People's Pops

Mine only made 9 pops, will add another peach next time.

They taste superb but melt fast. They'd be good without the Bourbon, too. I put in about 2 teaspoons of honey.

I used a flexible funnel I had and it made it much easier to fill pops.

Jul 26, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

How long did you nuke the corn? Did you like this method?

Jul 25, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I tried growing Early Girl tomatoes once (rec for SF weather) but they demanded a lot of attention and I got mediocre results .. in the summer, there's a lot of fog and wind where I live near the ocean.

These came from the farmer's market that's near me, on Sundays. These were perfect Early Girls. They are so tasty, so red they look dyed.

I was afraid my Indian-born son-in-law would not like the smoked salmon, he doesn't like "fishy", won't eat my Wild Planet (white) tuna salad, (I don't really like fishy either but I love my tuna salad!) .. anyway, he liked it all .. I think the combo with all the fixins' makes it great.

Not as great as the Nova from Russ & Daughters in New York City, but ...

Three days in SF

I love Tadich (it's at 240 California) in Financial, near Hyatt Regency. No reservations but easy to get seated for late lunch or early dinner. Closed Sundays. Really fresh fish but there are other items for non fish eaters. I'd walk there from Union Square and then maybe take a cab back. I like the sauteed Sand Dabs, Petrale Sole, or fried or sauteed shellfish.

Late afternoon on, you can eat in the BAR AREA ONLY of Epic Roasthouse, Embarcadero near Financial, and for $20 (+ tax and tip) you can get a delicious fresh ground cheeseburger, fries, beer or soda and brownie. Nice view of water and Bay Bridge.

Jul 25, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Family Vacation in San Franciso

I passed by SPQR the other day and glanced at the menu posted in the window .. all the entrees were $38.

For lunch, I like Yank Sing, 101 Spear, near Ferry Bldg. Do they like dim sum? They take reservations and it's excellent quality. If you don't get the most expensive items, like sea bass, you could probably do for $25 each. I love the shrimp dumplings. They come by with carts. Clean, pretty setting.

Jul 25, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Cooking from People's Pops

If you have ginormous peaches from Costco, 2 will fill the bill. When I halved them, I scraped out the woody part where the pits were. Wonder if it needs a wee bit of honey?

Jul 25, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

I bought the French butter cookies .. I knew they'd be delicious. I didn't read the label until I got home. 2 cookies = 160 calories. They come wrapped in packages of 3 so maybe you could keep yourself to 3 at a time.

Jul 25, 2015
walker in Chains

Cooking from People's Pops

I'm going to make these today .. I have "just turned ripe enough" peaches from Costco."

Do you leave the skins on throughout? Does this make 10 popsicles?

Jul 25, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

What have you cooked from it? Favorites?

Jul 25, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Hope you will post a photo .. what recipe do you like?

Jul 25, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

I'd never ordered a used book before so, thanks to y'all, I just received Peace Meals. Ordered from Amazon but came from Goodwill in Indiana .. cost $5.73 + $3.99 shipping. Condition stated was "very good" but I'd call it "almost new." Looks like no one ever cooked from it, pages don't lie flat. I'm pleased. Haven't looked through it yet.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

What's for Brunch?

I bought smoked salmon from Swan in San Francisco. Line of about 30-40 people and all stools were occupied, about 25. No wait for take out. Bagels from Noah's.

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015!

OK, the square bundt just arrived; it's smaller than I expected. Question:

2 Cups of sugar seems like a lot (for the lemon cake recipe that comes with this pan).

Has anyone made this? Have you cut back on the sugar?

* 1 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
* 2 cups sugar
* 4 eggs, room temperature
* 2 teaspoons lemon extract
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 3 cups flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup milk
* 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
* Glaze
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
* 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Jul 24, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Cooking from People's Pops

Could you tell me how many peaches, how much Bourbon since I don't have the book? I have some peaches ripe and ready. Was going to make another recipe with pineapple juice and slices of kiwi, blueberries, etc. but they'd put grenadine in top part of popsicle and I was going to try to get my hands on some.

Jul 24, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

What recipe do you use for coconut cake?

Jul 23, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

A true work of art; I'm trying to emulate you! Baby steps. You're a real inspiration.

Jul 23, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

A few years ago I got these 3 nesting platters at Sur La Table .. love them and good handle ends. I think now you can't buy them as a set .. they cost more individually.

Family reunion food ideas on a very tight budget.

Recipe?

Jul 22, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #376 - The HHH Edition --Horrid, Hideous, Hellacious! [through July 23, 2015]

When I've done it in the microwave, the smell lingers for hours in my kitchen. I do love the smell of bacon, but not for HOURS.

Jul 22, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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Paleo Principles - worth raving over?

I'm not drawn to sugar, haven't had soda pop in ages, avoid fruit juices. Continuing going down steps easily, dramatic improvement. I've been having that Bulletproof Coffee about every other day and trying to adhere to low carb (no bread in the house). (Coffee, I don't buy Dave's expensive coffee, just Peet's Sumatra, TJ Coconut Oil, Kerrygold unsalted butter .. keeps me from getting hungry. I do have to put a little honey with it, miss having cream in my coffee.)

So, do you think my knees improving have to do with the coffee? low carb? or both?

Jul 22, 2015
walker in Special Diets